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and to everyone here and everyone watching. erin burnett "outfront" starts next. >>> a senior lawmaker comes "outfront" to explain why he's voting against hagel. >> and chuck grassley implies video games and not guns are the reason for america's mass shootings. what donations that he received from the nra play? >> and another commercial being called racist. i'll show you the ad and let you decide. let's go "outfront." >>> not so friendly fire on capitol hill. an incredibly long day of tough questions for president obama's defense secretary nominee chuck hagel. one of the most contentious moments came when senator john mccain asked whether the 2007 surge troop in iraq was successful. >> the question is, were you right or wroeng? that's a pretty straightforward question. i would like you to answer whether you are right or wrong and then you are free to elaborate. >> well, i'm not going to give you a yes or no answer on a lot of things. >> let the record show that you refuse to answer that question. now, please go ahead. >> well, if you would like me to explain why -- >> no, i actually would li
interview that hagel gave to former middle east peace negotiator, erin david miller. now, in that interview, hagel said this. "the jewish lobby intimidates a lot of people up here." now, today of that comment about the "jewish lobby," hagel said categorically, i regret it. >> i've already said i regret referencing the jewish lobby. i should have said pro-israel lobby. i think it's the only time on the record that i've ever said that. >> all right. well, earlier, i spoke with one senior lawmaker who was there, who opposes hagel's nomination. senator john barrasso of wyoming, the senate's fourth highest ranking republican, and i asked him whether that controversy over jewish versus israel lobby, it's finally time to put that to rest. >> well, i'll tell you, erin. i think that chuck hagel appeared weak and wobbly today, unconvincing, and not the kind of sound judgment and strong leadership you need in a secretary of defense. i've met with him privately, as well. the bottom line is, senators are not intimidated, as chuck hagel refers to, by any lobby. when the national interest of the united st
>>> that does it for this edition of "360." erin burnett with "outfront" starts right now. >>> "outfront" next, the president hits the road to stop forced spending ts, but is this another game of chicken with the gop, or do either have a real plan? plus, a missing woman found dead in a water tank on top of a hotel. a deadly mystery found out by hotel residents when the water tasted fun. it's right out of csi. >>> and new developments in the oscar pistorius case tonight. what the prosecution claims it found in the olympian's house. let's go "outfront." >>> good evening, everyone. i'm erin burnett. "outfront" tonight, a little less confrontation, a little more action. a lot of people want that. it was a song made famous by elvis presley, but apparently not something that is so popular in washington. we're nine days away now from the forced spending cuts that are going to take effect, and while we may be short on time, we are not short on blame. president obama for one was busy today with no less than eight local television interviews. the president, according to the white ho
evening to all of you tonight. i'm erin burnett. "outfront," not so friendly fire on capitol hill. a long day of tough questions for president obama's defense secretary nominee, chuck hagel. it was his senate confirmation hearing. and up with of the most contentious moments came when hagel's old friend, and former colleague, senator john mccain, asked whether the 2007 u.s. troop surge in iraq, which you may recall, hagel had called, in his words, the most dangerous foreign policy blunder in this country since vietnam, he asked whether that surge had ultimately been successful. >> the question is, were you right or wrong? that's a pretty straightforward question. i would like to answer whether you were right or wrong, and then you are free to elaborate. >> well, i'm not going to give you a yes or no answer on a lot of things. >> let the record show that you refuse to answer that question. now, please go ahead. >> well, if you would like me to explain why -- >> no, i actually would like an answer. yes or no. >> well, i'm not going to give you a yes or no. >> another hot topic at the hearing
on here in "the situation room" on twitter, tweet me @wolfblitzer. "erin burnett outfront" starts right now. >>> "outfront" next, a monster blizzard slamming the northeast. starting in new york, it's going to be feet, not inches, of snow. plus we're going to go to boston which has been getting pummeled throughout the day. there have been dramatic and draconian actions with the governor saying you're going to go to jail if you're out driving your car. we've got information about the suspected cop killer in los angeles tonight. we have exclusive video of the suspect as he was training to shoot guns. let's go "outfront." >>> good evening. i'm erin burnett. "outfront" tonight, an historic blizzard is slamming the northeast as i speak. we're expecting up to 3 inches of snow accumulating an hour, which is incredibly quick. it's been slow coming here to new york. the accumulation will be dramatic and severe. the snow fell the last blizzard in this city was 2011, 20 inches of snow. we'll see if this will set a record overnight. to give you an idea how big this storm is, how many states are affe
of this dramatic and important story. >> a busy night ahead. that's for sure. >> "erin burnett outfront" starts right now. . >>> "outfront" next, we're in mobile, alabama, tonight, where the disabled cruise ship, the "triumph," is set to dock. more than 4,000 people have been stranded at sea for five days on the ship, and tonight, we're going to hear from the passengers, we're going to bring you updates on the horrible conditions that some of them have faced on board. we have finally come to the last act of this drama. let's go "outfront." >>> and good evening, everyone. i'm erin burnett. and "outfront" tonight, in mobile, alabama, we are waiting for more than 4,000 people to arrive, after being stranded on a carnival cruise ship that lost power after an engine fire on sunday. 3,142 passengers and 1,086 crew members have been stuck on the "carnival triumph" for five day. they've had no hot water, they've had limited food, they've had few working toilets. here is the latest. at this moment, we understand that the ship is about 25 miles away from the dock where i'm standing. it's traveling at abo
's gone. >> see you on "ac tlekt." erin starts now. >> "outfront" next, country superstar mindy mccready found dead at age 37. dr. drew talked to her just ten days ago. we asked him if anyone could have saved her. >> and we're learning more on the night an olympian's girlfriend was shot and killed. and we speak to one of the couple's closest friends. >> and the president has a guys weekend. so why are some people all hot and bothered about it? let's go "outfront." >>> good evening. everyone. i'm erin burnett, out front, suicide of a music star. authorities believe country singer mindy mccready shot herself late yesterday on the front porch of herrome in hark harb. the violent end came as no surprise to her friends. early success was followed by a lot of struggles. 37 years full of suicide attempts, custody battles, even an appearance on a celebrity rehab show. her boyfriend died just a few weeks ago on the same perch where her body was found, also an apparent suicide. yesterday, she shot his dog before she killed herself. could anyone have saved her? a question so relevant for so m
you then. piers morgan is starting right now. >>> good evening, everyone, i'm erin burnett in for piers morgan. we have breaking news for you tonight. we are looking live at the crippled carnival triumph, the ship that at this moment is a few miles away from where i'm standing at the port in mobile, alabama. it has literally been hell on the high seas for 4,229 people. 3,144 passengers and 1,086 crew members. it's not over yet. carnival says it's going to take four to five hours to get the passengers off the ship, once they actually arrive. the ship will be behind me. children and those with special needs will disembark first. it's a ship that has been described as a floating toilet. some of the conditions that passengers have been telling me about have been disturbing. now, passengers are going to be carrying their own luggage, that's part of why it takes a lot of time. you have luggage for more than 4,000 people that has to get off the ship. in terms of what passengers will receive for this. they're going to get $500, a free flight home, a full refund for their trip and a
, new york. >> if we had time, unfortunately, we're out of time. that's it for us. "erin burnett outfront" starts right now. good timing. >>> "outfront" next, breaking news. a massive manhunt underway for an ex-cop, allegedly seeking murderous revenge on his own police department. plus, what the suspect is believed to have sent to cnn. >>> and another monster storm barreling towards america's northeast. we are not talking inches of snow. we are talking feet upon feet. >>> and iran releases what it says is decoded footage from a u.s. spy drone. our american secrets now fully exposed. let's go "outfront." >>> and good evening to all of you. i'm erin burnett. "outfront" tonight, we have breaking news. a massive development in a massive manhunt for a trained killer who is vowing revenge on the los angeles police department. we are just learning that a burned out truck near big bear lake, which is about 100 miles east of los angeles, belongs to christopher jordan dorner. dorner is the 33-year-old former lapd officer who has threatened, quote/unquote, unconventional and asymmetrical wa
's it for us. thanks for watching. "erin burnett out front" starts now. >> a suicide bomber stages a deadly strike on an american embassy and this time the white house quick to label it a terrorist attack. >>> plus, a prosecutor gunned down on the way to work. friend says he believes he was in serious danger. was it revenge for doing his job? >>> and guns and politics. did joe biden slip of the tongue just wreck the president's message on guns? let's go out front. >>> good evening, everyone. i'm erin burnett. american embassy attacked. a suicide bomber struck at a security checkpoint at the american embassy in turkey today, and this time the white house immediately labeled it an act of terror. >> a suicide bombing on the perimeter of an embassy is by definition an act of terror, a terrorist attack. however, we do not know at this point who is responsible or the motivations behind the attack. the attack itself is clearly an act of terror. >> an act of terror regardless of who is responsible or what their motivations are. more on that in a moment, but first, chris lawrence at the pentagon. ch
. erin burnett out front starts right now. >>> why are some people cheering? >>> olympic runner oscar pistorius tells his side of the story in court today. some parts of it pretty amazing. we're going to read it to you. >>> new details emerge about how sandy hook shooter adam lanza spent his time leading up to the horrific massacre. was an obsession with certain people overlooked? let's go out front. >> good evening. i'm erin burnett. out front tonight, the countdown is on again. we're now just ten days away from washington's latest deadline for forced spending cuts. otherwise known by the distinctly unsexy and misused word sequester. today, president obama said, again, something must be done. >> so these cuts are not smart. they are not fair. they will hurt our economy. they will add hundreds of thousands of americans to the unemployment roles. this is not an abstraction. people will lose their jobs. >> so there are two solutions. number one, lawmakers find another way to punt, ie delay the cuts for another month. or two come up with a major plan to slash the debt in this country. nu
of the hair. jeanne moos, cnn, new york. >> jeshe loves though stories about the dogs in new york. erin burnett "outfront" starts right now. >>> "outfront" next, shocking announcement out of the vatican today. >>> plus a power struggle in the republican party. in the end, who will be the voice of the gop? somebody might die in this fight. will rubio win or somebody like rand? >> and ted nugent has been invited to attend tomorrow's state of the union address. we have a preview of what he might say in a special report. let's go "outfront." >>> good evening. everyone. i'm erin burnett. tonight, the fourth most powerful man in the world resigns. pope benedict xvi surprised many of his 1.2 billion fall ors worldwide when he said he was going to step down at the end of the month, and the reason, his age. nearly one in four americans identifies as catholic. according to the church, the catholic population worldwide has about 15 million members in 2010. the latest year for which there was data. about 17% of the planet is catholic. now, a church is believed to be the third largest landowner in t
and ditched the whole woman being bitten by a rabid dog-shark theme. thanks for watching. "erin burnett outfront" starts now. >>> up next, it's groundhog day. how soon before that can is too big to kick? and the blackout, finally an answer. and a 5-year-old boy, he was held off theage in an underground bunker for six days. his mother speaks out for the first time today. let's go "out front." >>> good evening to all of you. i'm erin burnett. "outfront" tonight, february 5th, the new groundhog day. >> if they can't get a bigger package done by the time the sequester is scheduled to go into effect, then i believe that they should at least pass a smaller package of spending cuts and tax reforms. >> a smaller package. because you can't get a deal done in time? so of course, it's not the first time washington has kicked the can down the road. we know that. remember when we first heard about sequester, that bizarre word that is now part of the lexicon? it was august 2011 and the word sequester came out of the failed deal on the debt ceiling. then came the fiscal cliff, that was the next chance
's it for us. "erin burnett outfront" starts right now. >>> "outfront" next, one day after the carnival "triumph" reaches dry land we're learning more about the fire that stranded more than 4,000 people at sea for five days. what caused it? could it have been prevented? >>> plus, a congressman caught tweeting to a 24-year-old bikini model during the state of the union address. who is she? we have the congressman's confession. >>> 1,000 people injured when a meteor entered the earth's atmosphere. absolutely shocking story and we have the video tonight. let's go "outfront." good friday evening. i'm erin burnett "outfront" investigating the cruise ship nightmare. what caused the crippling fire that left more than 4,200 people stranded at sea for five days and could it have been prevented? carnival "triumph" was towed to a ship yard in mobile, alabama. i looked at that ship as it was starting to be towed to that final dock. all of the passengers were unloaded earlier in the morning. now investigators are trying to find out how the engine room fire started and why it knocked out the ship's e
of what is going on dockside there in mobile, alabama, and erin burnett there all day and night to make sure she has been there for this moment. and you see the ship creeping, and what do you see? >> after what they have been through in the last few days, they said, the most important moment is when they saw land. through my microphone, you can hear the families cheering and not too many, but some families have come as far away from families who have driven 10 or 11 hours from paris, texas, to come here to pick up their wife and daughter, and it is just sort of fun looking up. i have to say that standing on the ground here and many people have either been on cruises or seen cruises, and they are lit up and big party mobiles in a sense, but this is amazing, because it is completely dark. >> that is exactly right. alternative power they have been running on there, erin. >> yes, and exactly. and so they have been waving signs and you saw i miss my cat, and sweet home, alabama, you can see there, and all sorts of homemade signs, but a lot of people that we talked to on the ship were saying,
evening to all of you. i'm erin burnett. "outfront" tonight, february 5th, the new groundhog day. >> if they can't get a bigger package done by the time the sequester is scheduled to go into effect, then i believe that they should at least pass a smaller package of spending cuts and tax reforms. >> a smaller package. because you can't get a deal done in time? so of course, it's not the first time washington has kicked the can down the road. we know that. remember when we first heard about sequester, that bizarre word that is now part of the lexicon? it was august 2011 and the word sequester came out of the failed deal on the debt ceiling. then came the fiscal cliff, that was the next chance to prevent all of the cuts. washington punted, they said hey, three more months, we'll solve it then. nope. now three months is coming so guess what? they will punt again. you know what, thinking about it today, it reminded me a lot about this. ♪ put your little hand in mine ♪ put your little hand in mine ♪ put your little hand in mine ♪ there ain't no hill or mountain we can't climb
it. just plug a generator into beyonce's hips. problem solved. jeanne moos, cnn, new york. >>> erin burnett "outfront" starts right now. >>> "outfront" next, the hostage situation in alabama came to a violent end. we have an update on the gunman and the 5-year-old boy that was beeld held hostage. >> plus, last months, we brought you a story about the catholic hospital that said a fetus almost ready to be born is not a person, and today, there's a dramatic development in that story. and ted nugent, one of the nra's most vocal supporters promises to bring massive truth to cnn tonight. he gives us an exclusive look at his ranch, the guns he owns, and why he believes guns are crucial for america. let's go "outfront." >>> good evening, everyone. i'm erin burnett. "outfront" tonight, breaking news on the alabama hostin crisis. it is now over. 5-year-old ethan, the little boy's name, he's at a hospital. we found that out a few seconds ago. he's with his family. there's heavy security there as well, and the big headline, he's safe. he was abducted from his school bus and held in an undergro
." >>> good evening, everyone. i'm erin burnett. "outfront," suicide of a music star. authorities believe country singer mindy mccready shot herself late yesterday on the front porch of her home in arkansas. the violent end came as no surprise to her friends. early success was followed by a lot of struggles. 37 years full of suicide attempts, custody battles, even an appearance on a celebrity rehab show. her boyfriend died just a few weeks ago on the same perch where her body was found, also an apparent suicide. yesterday, she shot his dog before she killed herself. with all the warning signs comes a crucial question. could anyone have saved her? a question so relevant for so many who suffer from substance abuse. ed lavendera is in arkansas where police are trying to piece together her recent days. she sought help after the death of her boyfriend, then she left the facility. have authorities pieced together what happened between then and yesterday? >> what is interesting is she was at the mental institution for brief time recently but it was at the behest of her father who petitioned pros
-- t be getting out. for now, that is go g ing to do for our hour of "ac360" and now erin burnett will take over live from mobile, alabama. erin? >>> "outfront" next, and it is a moment we have been waiting for days. carnival ship "triumph" has docked here in mobile, alabama, and the nightmare that thousands opeople have lived through is almost over. we will talk to the passengers and learn more about the horrific or deal thhave lived there. you have listened to them on the phone and now you will meet them. them. let's go "outfront." -- captions by vitac -- www.vitac.com >>> and a good evening to everyone, i'm erin burnett, and "outfront" tonight, in mobile, alabama, breaking news, the carnival ship "triumph" has returned to port, and now the 4,226 passengers and crew members are starting to disembark. to give you a sense of what it is like here, when the ship first pulled up, i did not know what to expect, but it was really just incredibly dark. you could see the lights down where the lifeboats were, but where all of the passengers were, completely dark in the rooms behind them,
.s. supreme court has denied a stay of execution for warren lee >>> good evening, everyone. i'm erin burnett. tonight, the countdown is on again. we are now just ten days away from washington's latest deadline for forced spending cuts, otherwise known by the distinctly unsexy and misused word, sequester. today, president obama said again something must be done. >> so these cuts are not smart. they are not fair. they will hurt our economy. they will add hundreds of thousands of americans to the unemployment rolls. this is not an abstraction. people will lose their jobs. >> so there are two solutions. number one, lawmakers find another way to punt, ie, delay the cuts for another few months or two, actually come up with a major plan to slash the debt. number two is not going to happen. the punt, i kind of like. anyway, that won't happen. number one has a decent chance. number one has failed, too. after all, the feared forced cuts are only 2.5% of projected total federal spending. we have an economics professor at nyu and former director of the congressional budget office. at this point, are the
on the ridiculist. erin burnett out front starts now. >>> breaking news, the dow posts the worst drop of the year, more than 200 points and michelle obama with a surprise appearance at the oscars. if you fell asleep, you missed it. was it bigger than a box office bulk bust error a total bust and health is not the reason pope benedict is stepping down. charges of sex, blackmail, and abuse in rome. do they add up. let's go out front. >>> we begin tonight with new developments. cnn has just learned that governor chris christie, a key 2016 republican presidential hopeful is not invited to the conservative political action conference in washington, d.c. next week. that's according to a source close to cpac and if you haven't heard of it is often considered a must-attend for anybody who wants to win the white house from the gop. senator marco rubio of florida, bobby jindal, former governor jeb bush, rick perry of texas, all already on the list. is this a major snub? this news breaking late this afternoon. how big of a snub is it? >> i think it makes a lot of sense for c pack. caucuses was not going to
though. let's go back to erin in kansas city, missouri. this storm is big and powerful and knocked your microphone. >> reporter: it is very windy. we expect gusts up to 30 miles an hour today. so the governors of kansas and missouri are urging people to stay off the roads and take precautions because they want to make sure people know that this storm will be more dangerous than the storm they had here just last week, john. >> erin, it does look -- it looks nasty out there. she's been here a week and we sent her to two blizzards in the plains states. thank you, erin. >> who would have thought back to back. >>> four minutes past the hour. we're following a developing story four. it is horror in a hot air touri bird's-eye view of the scene, it plummeted to the ground. what do you know? >> reporter: this is just an awful incident that's not going to bode well for egypt's already ailing tourism industry and the hot air balloon industry. first and foremost, you have to think about the families of the 20 victims. 20 people killed according to this hot air balloon. the incident, according to a
's erin mcpike is in wichita. how much snow do you have and how much is coming? and karen mcginnis in the weather center. what do you see, erin? >> reporter: well, you know, right now we think we have about 8 inches. i'll show you here, we have a ruler. so, yep, that's looking like about 8 inches. but the snow stopped a couple hours ago, so now we have the effects of it, which if you want to look over here, we still got somebody digging out his car, and we're going to try -- you can see that snowplows have come by. we basically made a median out of the snow, there's big heaps of snow. so it has piled up one but the effects we have to tell you about, there are power outages in the southwestern part of the state. people need to be aware. no fatales. everybody should stay off the road. all major universities, school districts and the government is closed. basically the business of kansas has shut down today, the governor sam brownback declared a state of emergency. we think snow might be over, we might get more tonight, but for the rest of the day, the snowfall has stopped. >> l
. let's go "outfront." >>> good evening. everyone. i'm erin burnett. tonight, the fourth most powerful man in the world resigns. pope benedict xvi surprised many of his 1.2 billion fall ors worldwide when he said he was going to step down at the end of the month, and the reason, his age. nearly one in four americans identifies as catholic. according to the church, the catholic population worldwide has about 15 million members in 2010. the latest year for which there was data. about 17% of the planet is catholic. now, a church is believed to be the third largest landowner in the world, so it's hard to estimate what the church owns and what it's worth. economists estimate annual spending just by the united states by the catholic church and its entities was about $170 billion in one year, 2010. sister simone campbell is the executive director of the national catholic justice lobby. brian finny worked for opus dei. scary guys. let me start with you, sister simone. i wart to start with a serious issue. $3.3 billion has been paid out by the church in the past 15 years to settle rape and mole
is three hours away. >>> erin, thank you very much. to call this a big night, a very busy night would be understating it. as we wait for that crippled cruise ship to come in, we have other breaking news. the remains have been positively identified as killer ex-cop christopher dorner. and another major crime spree developing as well. the world being rocked by the arrest of a sports hero who inspired all of us. oscar pistorius, the olympic blade runner now charged with murdering his girlfriend. we will begin now with this breaking news out at sea. thousands of people waiting for their ship to come in literally. exclusive view of the carnival triumph under tow. barely inching its way forward. it is heading into the port of mobile, alabama right now about 16 miles off shore. the cruise line expects it to arrive at some time after 11:30 eastern time. a tow line broke under the strain of this massive vessel. what you're looking at, exclusive video of the ship. and some other exclusive video. a look at the revolting conditions that more than 4,200 passengers and crew have been coping with si
tom foreman, cnn, washington. >> that does it for this edition of "306." thanks for watching. erin burnett "outfront starts now. >> outfront next. days from cuts that are deep and dangerous. why are all we are hearing is bling. >>> as the world gets ready for new pope, is the church using a cemetery to hide money from abuse victims? new information about the body found n inside a hotel water tower, we have the video that that hotel does not want you to see. let's go outfront. >>> good evening, everyone. i'm erin burnett. "outfront" tonight, hurting the poor because washington has no courage. again today, all we heard was blame when it comes to the forced spending cuts to take effect in eight days. president obama made some talk radio appearances. >> whether or not we can move republicans at this point to do the right thing is what we're still trying to gauge. >> now, he's called the cuts severe and brutal. house speaker john boehner, guess what, completely agrees with that. he's called them deep and dangerous, but they're not doing anything about it. here's the thing about the cuts
. erin mcpike is live in kansas city. we'll start with you. >> we're seeing snowfall two inches an houreer. very windy, looking at winds up to 30 miles per hour later today, and also, soledad, because of the snow last week, there is still a lot of heavy snow on branchs and power lines, snapping power lines, and lots of power outages throughout kansas city. we just got off the phone with kansas city power and light. they have doubled from 10,000 to 20,000, those numbers will go down, right now they can't get out on the road to repair the power lines. we're looking at power outages in texas. another 10,000 no oklahoma. the storm looking to be worst than last week, soledad. >> a little bit of a mess. thank you very much. appreciate that. let's get to jennifer delgado. where is this all going? >> soledad, right now, it's actually right on top of the midwest. you saw the live shot where erin is out of kansas. kansas city, taking a beating right now. coming down very good along interstate 70. toward the east in st. louis, a break from the heavy rain, of course, that will be wrapping a
. >> thanks, erin. it's been pretty interesting watching the republican party recently. a little bit like watching a pay per view wrestling match. rand paul and marco rubio, two rebuttals to the president from one party. is that a good or bad thing for the party? >> we're not a monolithic party. we have a diversity of opinions just like they do in the democratic party. the president is in the more liberal wing, and there are moderates who disagree with him on things. listen, we have work to do, after losing a presidential election two cycles in a row, to a president that had a $16 trillion debt and an 8% unemployment rate, that's not good, so there are different views on how to get us back on tract. the good news is we control a good majority of the state legislatures and 30 out of the 50 governors are republicans. we have been gaining for the last four years. so i think we're winning in some areas. at the national level, we clearly have work to do. >> all right, and look, i have to give you credit. you came out, 30 of 50 governors. let me ask you, because of the talk about the civil war,
"outfront." >>> good evening, everyone. i'm erin burnett. "outfront" tonight, breaking news on the alabama hostage crisis. it is now over. 5-year-old ethan, the little boy's name, he's at a hospital. we found that out a few seconds ago. he's with his family. there's heavy security there as well tonight. and the big headline, he's safe. he was abducted from his school bus and held in an underground bunker for six days. we can also report that the kidnapper, 65-year-old jimmy lee dykes is dead. i want to get straight to martin savidge who is covering this story in midland city, alabama, about 100 miles south of montgomery. what more can you tell us about this little boy ethan and where he is and how he is tonight? >> we know he's surrounded by a very happy family. that would be his mother, his siblings, and extended family and we have been told that he is in good shape physically. of course, what's got to be determined is how is he doing mentally after this long ordeal. >> i know that's going to be a big question. there have been reports that the little boy may have had some sort of autism.
, new york. >> they all looked great, didn't they? >> they looks beautiful. >> erin burnett "outfront" starts right now. >>> "outfront" next, breaking news. the dow posts its worst drop of the year. more than 200 points. >> plus, michelle obama with a surprise appearance at the oscars. if you fell asleep, you missed it. was it bigger than blockbuster or just a bomb. >> plus, let's go "outfront." >>> and we begin tonight with new developments. cnn has just learned that governor chris christie, a key 2016 republican presidential hopeful, is not invited to the conservative political action conference in washington, d.c. next week. that's according to a source close to c-pac, and c-pack, if you haven't heard of it, is often considered a must-attend for anybody who wants to win the white house from the gop. senator marco rubio of florida, louisiana governor bobby jindal, former florida governor jeb bush, rand paul of kentucky, rick perry of texas, they're all already on the list. is this a snub for chris christie? this news breaking late this afternoon. how big of a snub is it the. >> it m
can't get to her. it's a mess everywhere, so highway 49 is actually blocked right now. >> erin mcpike is in wichita, kansas and meteorologist jennifer delgado is at the cnn weather center. we start with you erin, it stopped snowing for a little while at least right? >> reporter: it looks like it has stopped, yes, however, the governor of kansas, sam brownback did declare a state of emergency here because we have seen a lot of snow pile up in the last four hours or so. we've got somewhere between 6 to 8 inches. if you can check out over here a little bit, obviously you can't see the road but also we've seen snowplows go by all morning long eight to ten times making a median, big eepz of snow theheae middle, a huge mess. carol one of the interesting things about this snowstorm is that it's thunder snow, we have some video from earlier this morning of lightning and thunder with that snow. we'll play that here for a second. i guess you can see it. and because of this snow, so much of the state is shut down today, most of the universities are closed, lots of public schools, the governm
this. chad is in the weather center. stand by. i wantxdÑi to go first to erin mcpike, who i was e-mailing earlier saying, please stay warm, you say you haveq been so far. by the looks of yourxd surroundings, it looks chilly.xi >> reporter: the worst of the storm rightlp no7Ñ" is over. it looks to be sleeting a little bit right now. but the storm itself is over. that does notfá éñ mean the pai e1 tell you. we haveok gotq about 38,000 pow outages still in kansas city. about 10,000 more infá texas an more+ in oklahoma and let me sw you why, brooke. look at Ñie1this. the snow here is really, really heavy. if you get hit with something like this, it is reallya5ñr goo and bringing down power lines. ñ outages. also, 20 miles south of here, in belton, missouri, there was a whole building that collapsed because of this heavy snow. you know, last week, we were in wichita, and we sawu peo#s+Ñ rooftops, because you want to get thatxd heavy snow off, so y building collapses like we had earlier today. brooke? >> erin m÷cpike, to all the people in kansas Ñicity, put th snowballs d
-foot drift and a snowplow sent to free them got stuck, too. we are covering it all. cnn's erin mcpike is in kansas city, missouri, and meteorologist jennifer delgado is tracking the storm in our weather center. let's begin with erin in the nation's heartland, good morning, erin, it looks terrible. >> reporter: good morning, carol. we're getting about two inches of snow an hour, but what i want to tell you are the power outages. we talked to kansas city power and light all morning and the power outages have doubled and tripled since we first started talking to them, up to 35,000 power outages just in the kansas city metro area. there are also about 10,000 power outages in texas and another 10,000 or so in oklahoma. that's a problem for those getting heat so that's something to watch out for. also around me it's getting harder to see if you can look a little bit behind me here you don't see very many cars on the road. however the cars that we have seen have gotten stuck, one of them rolled down the hill so it is very dangerous. we also know from kansas governor sam brownback that th
. erin pike is in wichita and jennifer delgado in the cnn weather center. erin, let's start with you. >> it is freezing here. a lot colder than yesterday. 14 degrees, and here in wichita, they got the second highest snowfall in recorded history. 14.2 inches, so because of that, lots of school districts remain closed. yesterday, wichita was a ghost town. trying to dig out today. most of the flights out of kansas city international airport are canceled this morning until 9:00 central. the airport is open, though, as you mentioned, and flights look to be on time throughout the afternoon. we'll keep monitoring that for you. the wichita and st. louis airports are also open. dozens of cancelations, so viewers traveling to and from those areas need to pay attention. the roads very icy, officialed wa want people to stay off the roads if they can. >> thank you, erin. jennifer gel de jennifer delgado. >> for areas in wichita, parts of missouri, they will be try. this is what's left of the storm system, producing light system, we're not talking about more than two inches. louisiana, mississippi
very much, erin. anthony good evening, tonight on the program, the bunker busters, new details about what happened in that alabama bunker. in the split seconds when authorities went in. seconds that spelled life for a little boy who turned 6 today and death for his captor. >>> take a look at this man who's 74 years old, he's on a pharmaceutical cocktail that makes it possible for him to look like that. the question tonight, has he found a healthy fountain of youth? or a prescription for disaster. what you need to know before you do what he's doing. >>> a program that takes guns out of the hands of known criminals. with all the talk about expanding background checks this one seems to be a no-brainer. it's a program in california that does exactly what everyone agrees should be done. takes deadly weapons away from dangerous people. we're talking about thousands of weapons each year. what's surprising, is that the number of weapons taken out of the hands of law breakers could be so much higher and more lives could be saved if only there was more money available for this program. the oth
could take the throne. here's cnn's erin mclaughlin. >> reporter: for over 500 years, this was the resting place of king richard iii. what was once the location of a church is now in municipal car park. archaeologists found his remains here at an ill-fitting shallow, hastily dug grave. they say that he did not have any sort of shroud or coffin. now earlier today, a panel of experts released their findings. culmination of months of detailed analysis involving dna testing, bio carbon testing, and environmental sampling. they can now say beyond any reasonable doubt they have found the remains of king richard iii. >> i can now tell you there's a dna match between the maternal dna from the descendants of the family of richard iii and the remains we found at the grave dig. the dna evidence points to these being the remains of richard iii. >> reporter: richard iii will be reburied at lester cathedral. not far from here. officials say that they are planning to hold a memorial service in his honor so he can have one final resting place, they say, that's dignifying and fit for
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. is this true? >> i think you have to step back for a second, erin. this is hardly a news flash. father donald cousins wrote about this 20 years ago. father andrew greeley coined the phrase lavender mafia talking about a subculture within the catholic church. but barbie was quite right. this is focusing the electorate's attention on the mismanagement of the courier, the roman bureaucracy in the vatican, and no doubt, whether they're looking for a conservative or a liberal, i think that's beside the point. they're looking for a reformer. somebody who will come in and honestly appraise what's happened here. the many gaffes that were allowed under benedict's reign, and hopefully clear some of this up. >> scotland's bishop has resigned over allegations he abused four men. he said i'm not going to join them for the conclave in person. i do not wish media attention to be focused on me. but the vatican's own spokesman won't comment on whether he'll participate in the conclave or not. how can this be? >> they're good at spinning the story in the way they want to spin it. today, we heard in a press bri
slammed with flooding rain and severe storms. we're covering this for you state by state. erin mcpike got the short straw. she's in kansas city. i've watched you this morning as you've been getting hit with driving slow and it looks line a slushy mess behind you. how are things? >> reporter: well, that's right. the snow has been really bad, but it's finally let up as you can see. roads were treacherous if a while, but lots of snowplows coming by. but for as thick a layer of ice as we hd eaad earlier, you can things getting better. the big story is the power outages. already in kansas city there are 45,000 power outages in this area. 10,000 in texas. thousands more in oklahoma. that's the big problem obviously because it's cold out and people need to have heat. they need to have their power. >> that's just a thick messy snow, not the easy stuff that you can get rid of. the kind of stuff that's hard to shovel. >> well, it is really hard to shovel. and the other thing is that there are some traffic lights up the street that are actually covered in snow and you can't tell which light is lit.
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